Kumamoto Letters: Takeshi Matsunaga
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Bringing Kumamoto & LA closer, one postcard at a time. Opening reception 01/31/2020, 6-9 pm.
Kumamoto City is currently promoting local tourism that focuses on the unique aspects of Kumamoto. This exhibition is meant to bring attention to the fact that Kumamoto Prefecture has the third-most emigrants out of all prefectures of Japan and to organically link the descendants that reside in LA. using the work of Takeshi Matsunaga.
Matsunaga began selling art on the street when he was 18. He moved to Tokyo to sell his art in Harajuku when he was 22. He realized he couldn’t make a living this way and stopped pursuing his dream. When he was 26, Matsunaga returned to Kumamoto after experiencing the Great East Japan Earthquake. The outdoors of Kumamoto inspired him to again pursue his dream of becoming an artist. A turning point came when he was 31 when he received an award at the 2015 Kawaramachi Art Awards and got his first chance to put on an exhibition. In 2017 at the age of 32, Matsunaga held his first exhibition “2000 Sketches for ¥200” and began making a living as an artist.
20 oil paintings will be printed on postcard-size paper. These postcards will be given to visitors to the exhibit. Visitors can view a special video message related to the painting on the postcard front by scanning the QR code on the back.